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Eyewitness (1981)

R  |   |  Romance, Thriller  |  13 February 1981 (USA)
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Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daryll Deever
Tony Sokolow
Aldo Mercer
Irene Worth ...
Mrs. Sokolow
Mr. Deever
Linda Mercer
Albert Paulsen ...
Mr. Sokolow
Lieutenant Jacobs
Lieutenant Black
Mrs. Eunice Deever
Sharon Chatten ...
Israeli Woman (as Sharon Goldman)
Mr. Long, International Trading Ltd. / Murder Victim
Mr. Long's Son
Dennis Sakamoto ...
Vietnamese Man #1


Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady connections, is murdered in the office building where Daryll works, Tony shows up to cover the story and Daryll introduce himself. She thinks he may know something, so she pursues him; he pretends he might to keep her interested. This romantic cat and mouse game goes on under the watchful eyes of the killers, who think that Daryll and Tony do know something. The killers start their own game of cat and mouse. Written by <>

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Only the best murder cases make the six o'clock news. See more »


Romance | Thriller


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Release Date:

13 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Janitor Can't Dance  »

Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)


SEK 1,493,715 (Sweden)

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Did You Know?


In order to research his character, William Hurt actually moonlighted as a janitor before production on the film began and it would prove vital throughout the film. See more »


There is a security camera very obviously placed in the outer office outside of where the murder takes place, yet during the investigation no mention is made of it. However, perhaps (circa 1981) it's a closed-circuit, live feed only (no recordings made), and no one viewing the live security screens noticed anything unusual. See more »


Lt. Jacobs: Whoever killed Long is a hero in my book.
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Spoofed in Hot Shots! (1991) See more »

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11 July 2001 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

For weeks I have been looking for the perfect structure of a screenplay. This film had me in the first ten minutes because of what it set itself up to be. The structure had the camera following one principle lead, going off to meet the other principle lead, who would subsequently go off to meet the character from which the major plot developed. "Eyewitness" is a great film which showed me what I have been missing throughout my entire movie-watching career. After you meet the principle characters through following them, some kind of sub-plot, or major plot, or principle theme, will develop, and it will truly free up the entire movie. This is basically the structure of almost every independent film I have seen. Not to be missed.

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